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Tension As Counting Of Vote Begins In South Africa

Votes are being counted in South Africa following Wednesday’s tightly contested parliamentary and provincial election.

Leading political analyst Dawie Scholtz says the mainly Afrikaner Freedom Front Plus is making “huge inroads”, the initial turnout data appears to strongly favour the main opposition Democratic Alliance (DA), while the governing African National Congress (ANC) is “up and down in different places”.

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) said it was investigating two cases of people being able to cast more their one vote at different polling stations.

The IEC said it viewed the alegations in a serious light, and had launched an investigation.

“Fortunately, the election process contains a number of checks and safeguards which together serve to protect the integrity of the process,” it added.

In poor townships and wealthy suburbs, people voted on Wednesday in large numbers in a general election many believe could be the most closely contested in the country’s democratic history.

Many voters said they’d been persuaded to give the governing ANC another chance, hoping that it’s new leader, President Cyril Ramaphosa, can put an end to a decade of misrule and economic stagnation.

Casting his vote, Mr Ramaphosa apologised for what he described as sleaze and rampant corruption.

The leader of the main opposition Democratic Alliance (DA), Mmusi Maimane urged people not to fear change and to back his multi-racial party.

Although the ANC is likely to win the national parliamentary election, it faces a tight contest for control of several key provinces.

The populist Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) could well emerge as an influential force.

otes are being counted in South Africa following Wednesday’s tightly contested parliamentary and provincial election.

Leading political analyst Dawie Scholtz says the mainly Afrikaner Freedom Front Plus is making “huge inroads”, the initial turnout data appears to strongly favour the main opposition Democratic Alliance (DA), while the governing African National Congress (ANC) is “up and down in different places”. BBC

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